Scientists have been getting moist about a new close up image of an eclipse of a planet beyond our solar system.
It is not that only planets in our solar system eclipse each other, after all if there are an infinite number of planets and suns then an infinite number will be eclipsing at any one second. This one was first seen by the German astrologer Johann Fritsch in 1821. However, according to the Beeb, it is the first time that anyone has captured the event on a box brownie before.
Astronomers at the University of St Andrews worked on an international study of the star Epsilon Aurigae, from the Auriga constellation. This is hard work because St Andrews is in Scotland where it is difficult to pentrate the cloud layer.
However, every 27 years Epsilon Aurigae becomes dimmer for two years. Which is a bit like a British teen swatting for its A levels.
The physicists combined light from four telescopes to get the first image of the eclipse, which is 140 times sharper than images from the Hubble telescope.
The team said it was a “terrifying image, like something from a Tolkein book”. Odd, my copy of Lord of the rings didn’t have many images in it and the only thing terrifying was the vogon-like elfin poetry.